US DEFENSE BUDGET

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STORY: US DEFENSE BUDGETDATELINE: Jan. 27, 2012LENGTH: 0:01:36LOCATION: WashingtonCATEGORY: POLITICS/MILITARYINTROThe U.S. Department of Defense has unveiled its budget request for the 2013 fiscal year.It includes plans to significantly cut defense spending and army size at a time of a federal budget crunch.Almost 100,000 troops will be cut, according to the Pentagon's plan.PKGThe U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panettaon on Thursday unveiled the Pentagon's base budget request, saying the budget looks to re-shape the military to be more agile, quick and flexible.Panetta says the Pentagon plans to cut the number of active Army soldiers by 80,000 by 2017, and that of the Marines by 20,000.The Pentagon is also facing cuts of 487 billion dollars over the next 10 years.SOUNDBITE: LEON PANETTA, US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE"Consistent with the Budget Control Act, this plan reduces spending over the 10 years obviously by 487 billion dollars, but in the five year budget, that will be, presented by the
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